My Record Collection - July 25, 2016

My Record Collection by Rooney's Robert Schwartzman
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My Record Collection by Rooney's Robert Schwartzman

In My Record Collection, we dig down to the bottom of musicians' souls to find out what the most treasured parts of their record collection are. This week, it's the turn of Rooney mainman Robert Schwartzman, let's see what he's picked out...

 

You can check out some of Robert's selections in this playlist...

 

The first record I ever bought with my own money was…

"This was The Cranberries' No Need To Argue. I was a teenager in the 1990’s, so as you can imagine, those were the years when I started actively listening to the radio and TV with the ability to buy the music I liked. There was a lot of music at the time that I responded to, mostly on alternative radio. I remember driving to school with my brother listening to KROQ and getting turned on to new alt bands; lots of 90s Brit Pop music at that time, which I loved. Also, bands like The Cardigans, Ben Folds Five, Fountains of Wayne, and Weezer stood out. The Cranberries' single 'Zombie' was all over the radio, same with the music video on MTV. I do remember going out, buying this album, and air guitar rocking out around my bedroom."



The record that made me want to be in a band was…

"I'll say Weezer's Blue Album. The first Weezer album was jammed packed with great songs. It was a front-to-back, wall-to-wall, album with catchy, hooky songs, and a vibe. I went to see Weezer play at the Universal Amphitheatre, when Rivers Cuomo was recovering from leg surgery. It was a cool time to see live shows in LA and the bands that were around were super pro, tight, and made me want to have my own live band to perform with."



The record I've played more than any other is…

"I'll choose Electric Light Orchestra's Out Of The Blue. This album is extremely inspiring. Jeff Lynn takes it to a whole new level. It touches on everything I love about rock/pop with musical arrangements and a variety of instrumentation. I love the sounds and use of synthesizers in pop/rock music, as well as strings. I haven’t gotten deep enough into using string arrangements in my own music, but the more I listen to ELO, the more I want to. If you haven’t heard this album, stop what reading this right now and buy it."



The record that always make me feel good is…

"This is The Buggles' The Age Of Plastic. The opening song 'Living In The Plastic Age' has a great Xylophone part that plays in response to the vocal line in the verse. It always puts a smile on my face. I’ve listened to this album on repeat a lot and find something new every time. We all know the single “Video Killed The Radio Star,” but this album has some sensational deep cuts."



The record I turn to when I'm feeling down is…

"I'd pick The Sweet - Desolation Boulevard. The Sweet are a band who’s song most of us know, but as a band, not many people know the name or how many great songs they have. I’m a sucker for songs and this band has plenty to fall in love with. 'Fox On The Run' pretty much says it all. I’m a fan of glam rock and The Sweet captures that glam sound, glam look, with sophistication."



The record I think is the most underrated of all time is…

"I'd say Superdrag and their album Head Trip In Every Key. I saw Superdrag open for Ben Folds Five at the Hollywood Palladium. I can’t forget the opening song 'Hellbent'. Huge drums filled the room. The band came in all-together on the first chord and it was epic, hard hitting. I was hooked. This album is so classic! Another album that you can listen to all the way through, incredible songs that takes you on a journey. Give it a listen, thank me later."


The record with my favourite cover art is…

"This is The Who Sell Out. My brother Jason was a drummer and was heavily inspired by Keith Moon. He had lots of Keith and The Who posters. I remember seeing the album cover of The Who Sell Out in his room. It was captivating; an example of a cover that makes you want to listen to the music. I like album/covers/names with a theme. It’s cool and inspiring to see what artists have done with their artwork in the past. For me, the album artwork is a crucial visual component that completes the story that’s being told. I really enjoy the process of naming an album, working with designer to come up with the album artwork theme, and the music video concept. It’s all tied together."



The record with my favourite title is…

"I'd go for Electric Light Orchestra's A New World Record. Just a very clever title. I’m a sucker for puns, and this one covers both the idea of setting the world record, and, of course, has the word “record” in it, which takes on the literal of what this actually is. The cover features a medal on it, so it’s all tied together, a clever concept. And let’s not forget how awesome the songs are!"



The record I can't understand why everybody loves is…

"I don’t want to judge really. I can be critical of other people’s music, but then again, who cares? Music is for everyone, a personal process for the creator of it and the listener; it’s not my place to say what’s right or wrong. Every artist has their own intention, their own goals for what they release. And listeners can like what they wanna like, and embrace what they wanna embrace. I think most artists can judge and roll their eyes at other album releases. Sometimes things become big, famous, and you wonder how that happened. It’s easy to slip into that thought process. But, it’s not my place to judge and point the finger. I think artists supporting artists is good for this music industry and I’d like to see more of it."



The last record I bought was…

"Rooney's Washed Away” (I gotta buy my own album at least once!) Yes, it’s true. I bought my own album. It’s like a politician going to the polls and casting a vote for himself/herself. After all the work that goes into making an album, it’s very satisfying to finally see it out in the open, for everyone to enjoy. So I like to buy it and experience that. And yes, it was the last album I bought."



The record I'm most looking forward to hearing in 2017 is…

"This is Syd Arthur and his new album Apricity. I was just listening to Syd Arthur today. It’s rare to find bands like this that understand music on a high level and can put their skills into the songs they write. They seem to strike a great balance between musicianship and songwriting. You can tell that they excel at what they do as musicians and want to push themselves, push the arrangements, and give people something new compared to today’s rock music. Very impressive band, creating the kind of music I love. Can’t wait for the new album."



The greatest record of all time is…

"The Beach Boys and the iconic Pet Sounds. This is probably the common, go to answer. This album took pop songs and production to a much higer level, raised the bar for other artists of their generation. Experimental production, great musicianship and arrangements, all supporting next level songwriting. This album touches a wide range of emotions and feels like a complete album experience. I can’t imagine what people felt when they went out and bought this album, heard these songs for the first time. Must of brought tears to many faces."

 

Rooney's new album Washed Away is released on Friday (July 29th) and is available to pre-order on the right-hand side of the page. 

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